Resource Center for Patients and Families

What is the Resource Center?

The Resource Center is a place where cancer patients and their families can find information, support, assistance, resources and materials designed to educate, comfort and guide them through their cancer journey.

Here, you can browse the lending library of books and DVDs, borrow a laptop computer, find the right hat, scarf or wig, connect with a support group, get a chair massage, signup for yoga and more. We can also connect you with other Roswell Park departments and supportive services that can help you. Not able to come to the center? We can visit you in your inpatient room to bring you materials, comfort items or style your wig. Some of our services include:

Patient Education and Support

We offer original Roswell Park education and supportive materials, as well as publications and reference materials from national and local patient and professional organizations. Topics include nutrition, side effects management, caregiver support, relaxation techniques and available resources.

Lending Library

Our library offers a wealth of informational resources that cover all aspects of cancer from symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment to coping, wellness and even palliative care. You may not feel like spending days here to learn what you need to know about your situation, so we offer a lending library of resources that you can sign out and use from the comfort of your home. You can return the resources in person or by mail. Available materials include printed materials, plus audio and video formats.

In addition to the patient education materials created by your doctor and nurses at Roswell Park, the Resource Center provides educational materials from government, professional, and patient organizations including the National Cancer InstituteNational Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Wig, Scarf and Hat Boutique

Women's Resource Center

For more information on these programs, visit our Women's Resource Center.

For patients experiencing hair loss due to their cancer treatment, we provide a wig and a head covering.  We have a private fitting area and professional stylists are available twice a week to custom fit and style your wig to make sure it’s just right.

Learn Tips for Finding the Right Wig.

Start browsing now with our wig catalog.

Look Good Feel Better

This free program can help you enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem while you’re undergoing cancer treatment. Workshops demonstrate beauty techniques — for skincare, makeup, nail care and how to use wigs, scarves, hats, hairpieces and other accessories — to help you face your diagnosis with greater confidence. Learn more about Look Good Feel Better.

Chemotherapy and Infusion Orientation

Before you begin chemotherapy, our staff and specially trained volunteers can help you learn what to expect and connect you with information, tools and resources you may need or that can ease the burden of treatment and side effects. Bring your card from your chemotherapy nurse to receive a tote bag filled with useful supplies, like a notepad, water bottle and a folder of helpful information. We offer these one-on-one orientations to all our patients undergoing chemotherapy or other infusion treatments, and their families and caregivers.

Comfort Items

With thanks to our many volunteers and community organizations, we are able to offer our patients beautiful handmade hats, blankets, quilts, port pillows, sleep caps, paper flowers and shawls as we receive them.

Cancer Coach program

Newly diagnosed patients often wish they had someone to talk to who has been in their shoes. Our Cancer Coach program offers patients the opportunity to speak with cancer survivors who know first-hand the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Patients are matched with a coach based on their diagnosis, cancer stage, gender and/or age. Cancer Coaches are trained and dedicated volunteers who provide comfort, support and practical information. (They do not provide medical advice.) We currently have 75 active coaches, and we are always recruiting more.

Learn more about the benefits of having a Coach Who ‘Gets It.’

Read Why Mike became a Cancer Coach.

Oncology Massage

Free 10-minute chair massages or hand reflexology are offered to patients and families approximately once a week. Check the Roswell Park calendar for upcoming dates.

Read more about the benefits of oncology massage. 

Location: Inside the Sunflower Cafe by the cash registers
Hours: Monday - Friday - 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone: 716-845-8659